Christian Ribeiro expected to overcome groin strain for Scunthorpe United's game on Saturday
Defender Christian Ribeiro is expected to be fit for Scunthorpe United's home game against Notts County on Saturday.
A groin strain forced the right-back to be substituted at half-time of the Iron's 2-1 victory at Coventry City, but he has done some light training today and should get the all-clear for Brian Laws' first home game since taking over from Alan Knill.
"He'll be fine for the weekend, I'd be very surprised if he's not," said the United manager. "I'd like to think he'll be fit for it.
"He's been in the pool and been doing some light training, so by the end of the week I expect him to be back in fully and ready for the game."
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Callum Kennedy is on standby to take Ribeiro's place if not after impressing at the Ricoh Arena, despite being more used to playing on the opposite side of the pitch.
"I thought he was excellent. I thought he settled into the position very, very well," Laws added.
"He's a defender and he's naturally going to do the right things.
"It was another solid performance and he's come in and added to that, so we're pleased with him.
"He's got a great attitude and we like him here.
"To me, whether you play left-back or right-back they're both the same, you just have to change your angles a little bit, that's all, it's the same principles."
With United struggling for numbers in midfield, Damien Mozika will also come into contention to start against the Magpies.
Josh Walker and David Prutton are both serving suspensions, while Michael Collins is at least a week away from returning to full training.
Mozika has made three substitute appearances as he continues his recovery from a long-term ankle problem and Laws suggested he could find himself in the first XI sooner rather than later.
"Damien's working extremely hard in training, he's really putting the extra hours in," Laws said. "I'm really pleased with his attitude.
"Certainly, we're thinking about him on Saturday."
Fellow midfielder Collins, though, will be out for a little longer, suffering from an ankle problem.
The injury is different to the tendinopathy which kept him sidelined for over a year and Collins is expected to return to training next week.
"He is working extremely hard with Daz (Darren Mouatt) the physio and we're hoping within the next week he'll be back on the training ground," Laws said.
"It's not serious, it was an injury where he was going to be out for a couple of weeks, that's all.
"We're expecting him to make a full recovery and hopefully be in our thoughts within the next seven days."
Readers of the Scunthorpe Telegraph will be able to watch Brian Laws' first home game as Iron boss for up to £5 less than matchday prices.
The Telegraph has teamed up with the Iron to offer fans amazing savings on ticket prices for the game against Notts County on Saturday, November 17.
We will include a voucher in the next edition of the Telegraph, out November 15, which offers £5 off all adult tickets, £3 off concessions and enable entry to the ground for all Under-16s for just £1.
Make sure you pick up a copy on Thursday November 15.